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Accrington to get new police base

Lancashire Telegraph: Clive Grunshaw Clive Grunshaw

ACCRINGTON will get a new police base, but it may not have cells or interview rooms, it was announced.

The new ‘facility’ is still in Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw’s draft five-year-plan, despite £20million cutbacks, he said.

Speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph, Mr Grunshaw added: “We are consulting with chief constables on what the police want.

“We will then consult with the public, Hyndburn Council’s Miles Parkinson, and Hyndburn MP Graham Jones about what they want. We will then make a decision on what kind of police facility we should have in Hyndburn.”

Mr Grunshaw stopped short of confirming the ‘facility’ would be a police station.

And said he did not want to promise something that he could not deliver.

Lancashire’s police force is being restructured, and the number of territorial divisions will be reduced from six to three, Mr Grunshaw said.

The headquarters for East Lancashire will be in Greenbank, Blackburn, it was decided last month.

From April, the eastern division – for Blackburn, Hyndbuurn and the Ribble Valley – will be merged with its Pennine counterpart, for Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale, to cut management costs as the force tries to save £73million by 2017.

Mr Jones said: “It’s for the police to decide what is best. “Greenbank is a fantastic facility in that it does not tie the police down.

“And it can hold the number of people being arrested. It’s only minutes away from Accrington.

“If Greenbank is the best option to put more police out on duty and on the beat then what is it we want in Accrington?

“Is it a forward facing premises in which people can provide police with information?”

Coun Parkinson added: “I don’t envisage having cells in Accrington.

“But I expect a presence. Mr Grunshaw may have been highlighting there will not be cells because there is not a need for them, or for questioning rooms.”

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4:09pm Wed 27 Nov 13

mavrick says...

So basically it is a police box. This is a disgrace, The coalitions cutbacks have gone to far. Why are the nation being so compliant and not kicking off?
So basically it is a police box. This is a disgrace, The coalitions cutbacks have gone to far. Why are the nation being so compliant and not kicking off? mavrick
  • Score: 7

4:30pm Wed 27 Nov 13

shytalk says...

mavrick wrote:
So basically it is a police box. This is a disgrace, The coalitions cutbacks have gone to far. Why are the nation being so compliant and not kicking off?
Because there are no longer any nice comfy cells to spend the night in when you do kick off
[quote][p][bold]mavrick[/bold] wrote: So basically it is a police box. This is a disgrace, The coalitions cutbacks have gone to far. Why are the nation being so compliant and not kicking off?[/p][/quote]Because there are no longer any nice comfy cells to spend the night in when you do kick off shytalk
  • Score: 2

7:12pm Wed 27 Nov 13

Barb-Dwyer says...

dont know whos bright idea this was but surely this cannot benefit the community
dont know whos bright idea this was but surely this cannot benefit the community Barb-Dwyer
  • Score: 5

7:35am Thu 28 Nov 13

AnthonyUK says...

Barebones policing on the cheap, that's what it is.
Barebones policing on the cheap, that's what it is. AnthonyUK
  • Score: 4

3:59pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Elegant1 says...

It's too good for the police having this new pioneering facility. We do not want them getting excited whilst on duty! If the facility is "just a place where information can be given to the police" I would suggest that the police go and sit in the bus stops along Peel Street to collect information. I am sure that Robert Peel would approve! Another bonus would be that if there is no furniture in the new place it would not attract a rateable charge! Welcome to the Austerity Centre!
It's too good for the police having this new pioneering facility. We do not want them getting excited whilst on duty! If the facility is "just a place where information can be given to the police" I would suggest that the police go and sit in the bus stops along Peel Street to collect information. I am sure that Robert Peel would approve! Another bonus would be that if there is no furniture in the new place it would not attract a rateable charge! Welcome to the Austerity Centre! Elegant1
  • Score: 0

4:06pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Elegant1 says...

Elegant1 wrote:
It's too good for the police having this new pioneering facility. We do not want them getting excited whilst on duty! If the facility is "just a place where information can be given to the police" I would suggest that the police go and sit in the bus stops along Peel Street to collect information. I am sure that Robert Peel would approve! Another bonus would be that if there is no furniture in the new place it would not attract a rateable charge! Welcome to the Austerity Centre!
I forgot to mention that if the police are called away we will need to provide a brick to leave in the bus shelter so that those wanting to pass something on to the police could write a note containing the information. This could then be placed under the brick!
[quote][p][bold]Elegant1[/bold] wrote: It's too good for the police having this new pioneering facility. We do not want them getting excited whilst on duty! If the facility is "just a place where information can be given to the police" I would suggest that the police go and sit in the bus stops along Peel Street to collect information. I am sure that Robert Peel would approve! Another bonus would be that if there is no furniture in the new place it would not attract a rateable charge! Welcome to the Austerity Centre![/p][/quote]I forgot to mention that if the police are called away we will need to provide a brick to leave in the bus shelter so that those wanting to pass something on to the police could write a note containing the information. This could then be placed under the brick! Elegant1
  • Score: 0

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